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2:00PM - 3:00PM

Direct Link to the Past - City Directories for Genealogy

Presenter: Mary Kircher Roddy

City Directories are a tool to fill in gaps between censuses and learn more about ancestors. But if you’re just searching for a name, you’re missing out. In this presentation see sources to find directories, what to look for in them, understanding the “anatomy” of a directory and tips for getting the most out of them using address searches, alternate spellings, advertisements and more.

Beginner. Just starting to do family history., Intermediate. Online database savvy and can locate/read deeds, vital records, wills, and church records.
Digital Resources: database tools/strategies; web tools (i.e. Google); general interest, Record Types: BMD vital records; church; cemeteries; census/substitutes; military; newspapers/obituaries; occupation; slave; tax; wills/probate; land records, Research Strategies: site-specific search strategies
Not specific as to geography or ethnicity